'My students make twice my salary'
Jim Stout, an English professor at Williston State College in North Dakota is losing his best students to the oil fields because they can make more money now than by attending college.
November 2nd, 2011
05:09 PM ET

'My students make twice my salary'

WILLISTON, N.D. (CNNMoney) - Jim Stout, an English professor at Williston State College in Williston N.D., started losing some of his best students to the oil fields last year.

It was too hard to compete: The students could either spend thousands of dollars on a college education or earn $100,000 a year working on the rigs, performing maintenance on oil wells or driving trucks.

"At some point they decide, 'Well, college will always be here ... but the oil boom won't,'" he said.

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November 2nd, 2011
04:19 PM ET

Why don't kids know their history?

National tests results show fewer than one-quarter of students are proficient in U.S. history.

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Parents help kids lie to get on Facebook, study finds
November 2nd, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Parents help kids lie to get on Facebook, study finds

(CNN) - It probably won't surprise you that millions of underage kids - some as young as age 8 - are on Facebook, despite rules that prohibit children under 13 from joining the social-networking site.

What may be more startling, however, is this: Their parents are helping to sign them up.

These are among the findings of a new study appearing this week in First Monday, a peer-reviewed online journal. The four co-authors of the study argue that such age restrictions, inspired by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, are mostly ignored by kids and parents and only encourage dishonesty.

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